Putin wins. And calling it a landslide is an understatement! The percentage he got will almost certainly give him a two-thirds majority and a clear mandate from the people. As much as many are whining about irregularities, real and imagined, nobody contests that this is more or less the real feeling of Russia towards Putin.
Chavez looses. Bet you never saw that one coming! Apparently, asking for unlimited numbers of terms in office was a step too far. So now what? Well, his term expires in 2012 and he'll be around at least until then. And 5 days is an eternity in politics, let alone 5 years.
Gillian Gibbons is pardoned. Who? The teacher in Sudan which had a kid name his teddy-bear Mohammed. The unbelievably bizzare, from the point of view of any sane person, reason for her incarceration has overshadowed her personal plight up to a point where she was no longer the main subject. In a way it's sad but it may have some positive side-affects such as reasonable people at last having a bit deeper thought about islam itself. Especially since mobs even demanded that she be killed. Talking of which, don't for a moment believe she was pardoned because the authorities have seen the injustice of it all. The case was an unmitigated PR disaster even in the context of multiculturalist Europe and America so with this damage control went underway.
And last but not least, Annapolis came and went. The two sides apparently promised to find a solution to the conflict by the end of 2008. Yeah sure, and Kosovo and Metohija were supposed to be indipendent by the end of 2006. Bush is really desperate for a legacy, so desperate he is willing to renege his own words! Anyway, here's a piece by Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihadwatch that gives a realistic appraisal of the situation.
I'll give more on these topics and others as well in the following days.